Glaucoma is a disease that damages the optic nerve. Over 3 million Americans (67 million people worldwide) are affected by glaucoma. Half of those with glaucoma are not aware of it. Glaucoma has been called the “silent thief of sight” because there are no warning signs until significant nerve damage and vision loss has occurred.
As the optic nerve degenerates, blind spots develop in the peripheral (side) vision. Because the blind spots are usually in the outer visual field, they go unnoticed. The most common cause of nerve damage is high intraocular pressure (eye pressure). Once the nerve is damaged, it can not be replaced or repaired. With early detection and proper treatment, total blindness from glaucoma is uncommon.
Everyone knows someone with glaucoma – the leading cause of preventable blindness. In more than 9 out of 10 cases, blindness from glaucoma could have been prevented by early detection and treatment. If you have questions about Glaucoma or want additional information please give us a call.